In an effort to help our residents make their existing homes a safer place, South Kitsap Fire and Rescue has developed a Home Safety Survey Program.
Fire is a major problem in the United States. It is the second most frequent cause of death in the home. Eighty percent of annual fire deaths occur in residential housing units, generally the victim's own home. The National Fire Protection Association reports that in 2009 there were approximately 377,000 fires in one and two family dwellings. These fires resulted in 2,565 fatalities, 13,050 civilian injuries and over $7.7 billion in property loss.
Most of these fatalities could be easily prevented with a few simple precautions such as working smoke detectors, a well-rehearsed escape plan, and a safety survey to limit hazardous conditions in your existing home. If you are building a new home, we highly recommend that you install a residential fire sprinkler system.
Home Safety Survey Programs are a primary method of fire prevention. These programs have proven to be successful in reducing the loss of life, injury, and property damage from fire. South Kitsap Fire and Rescue offers free home surveys. These surveys are conducted by a Fire Prevention Bureau staff member and Fire District Volunteers who will assist you in looking for hazardous conditions throughout your home and provide you with recommendations on how to remedy these conditions.
During the Home Safety Survey, Fire Department staff provides assistance with:
- Proper extension cord usage
- Proper smoke detector placement and operation
- Proper storage of flammables
- Planning and rehearsing your escape plan
There is no fee and no fines are assessed for hazardous conditions that maybe found. We simply point out to the residents what the hazards are, why they are hazards, and why it is in the resident’s best interest to rectify these conditions.
To schedule a Home Safety Survey , or if you have any further questions, please call (360) 871-2411.